Santa Rosa seeks art to adorn downtown garage

15 February 2021

Santa Rosa wants local artists to help spruce up a downtown parking garage that’s somewhat screened from view, helping draw attention to the structure while giving it face lift.

The city’s Art in Public Places Committee last week approved a call for artists to submit ideas for up to 901 square feet on the southwest corner of the five-story garage overlooking Orchard and Fifth streets. This spot was chosen because that corner faces the heart of downtown and because the garage is partially screened along Fifth Street by several large redwoods, according to city staff.

“There’s been a lot of support for public art on our garages so far,” said Tara Thompson, at the committee meeting, adding that she and the city’s parking manager bounce ideas off each other make Santa Rosa’s garages more than just a place to leave a car.

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